Our Team

Janet De-Havilland

CEO,  ACIPP ACIPD  MIoD

Janet’s career spans over 25 years’  in Recruitment, HR Consultancy, and more latterly the contractor Umbrella market. She has a proven track record of repeated success transforming, delivering and interpreting vision into highly successful and profitable businesses. From start ups to PLC’s Janet gained her expertise, working for leading brands such as G4S, Manpower Group, Impellam Group, Lee Hecht Harrison, and Adecco Group. 

Janet has expertise in change management and business turn-around transformation, and was an Angel investor providing funding and mentoring to fledgling recruiters looking for their first chance at business ownership. Janet has always had a keen interest in technology and experience of designing front and back office systems, across recruitment and payroll; that interest led her to invest most recently in Pendragon-Glossop. A back office business support solutions company. 

A graduate in Business and of the Dale Carnegie School of Public Speaking, Janet is an accomplished speaker/presenter and relishes the opportunity to use her polished presentation and oratory skills.

A subject matter expert in employment law and off-payroll legislation, Janet advises clients across multiple sectors on Employment Status, SDC, NMW, AWR,  MSC, CIS and IR35. She is well-connected in the business arena and a passionate advocate for compliance and best practice within the contractor  employment and umbrella sector. A testament to this is Pendragons’ success in being awarded FCSA accreditation in a record 15 weeks.

Having represented England in badminton in her earlier years, Janet follows most forms of sport, other interests include current affairs, politics and is a bit of a petrol head.

Debbie Sansum

Group operations manager

Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in client focussed roles. Starting off in administration, Debbie catapulted into more senior roles when her skills and strengths were recognised, and she started to head up teams. Responsible for their performance and client feedback Debbie has always focussed on the client side realising early on that if the customer and employees are happy this brings business success.

Debbie’s experience ranges from the glamorous side of travel and interior design but her favourite industry is the people industry, which makes her perfect for Pendragon.

The last 11 years of Debbie’s career has been in the umbrella and contractor market. There is very little Debbie does not understand about this industry. This was recently demonstrated when she joined Pendragon and created the processes and systems to underpin the business within a few weeks.  Her combination of understanding the client and the soft side of customer care to her expert technical skills has led to Pendragon being able to gain accreditation from FCSA within months of launching.

Debbie believes in people development and prioritises succession planning and training within all of her teams. This ensures she has the right people around her. Debbie is consistent in her people management and supports the People strategy leading by example.

Debbie is a busy mother of a football-loving son. When not on the side pitch she loves to travel when she can.

Nicola Pitcher FCA

IR35 Principal Consultant

Nicola has specialised in employment taxes for more than 25 years and is a Chartered Accountant
She helps employers of all sizes, from small owner managed businesses to FTSE listed groups to manage their employment tax compliance cost effectively.
With the benefit of Big 4 and in-house tax experience she provides a refreshingly pragmatic approach to employment tax compliance.

She can advise and support on:

  • The employment tax and social security treatment of pay, benefits and expenses, including reporting obligations;
  • HMRC enquiries and investigations into employment tax compliance;
  • Employed v self-employed status for tax;
  • IR35 and contingent worker matters;
  • Construction Industry Scheme;
  • Termination payments;
  • Salary sacrifice arrangements;